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A Dash South, and Back Again

It has been 18 days since we left Nairobi for South Africa, then returned to Kenya. In that time, we passed through 8 countries, 18 border posts, covered 9,000 kilometers and saw some of Africa’s amazing beauty and realized just how vast of a continent we live and work on. A BRCK Expedition is meant…
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Through Mozambique and Malawi

Before we left Nairobi, 2 weeks ago, I though that a 500km day on a motorcycle was a long time. Now I just ask, “well, what will we do in the afternoon then?” We left Harare, where the Arensen’s had hosted us for two nights in their lovely home, for a bit of a long…
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The Emperor has no clothes

Since I was a child I have heard stories regaled of South Africa. The modernity. The beauty. The ethnic diversity. Even though I remember seeing signs growing up in West Africa that said “Apartheid a bas!” ( English: down with Apartheid), I have always had a positive and idealized view of this great stalwart of…
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SKELETONS OF CIVILIZATION

We had a long 17 hour day on the road yesterday. We did this to compensate for over 10 hours lost fixing the Land Rover in Johannesburg. We started at 4:30 in the morning and stopped at around 10p.m. But that has become normal.  Covering over 820km a day is something we have stopped noticing…
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Dashing back

Paul and I flew down to Johannesburg on Monday and spent some time helping prepare for when the team arrived.  We looked for mechanics shops for all the vehicles, I had some meetings and Paul prepared for Maker Faire. Now we get to join the guys as we dash back up to Nairobi!  I have…
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BRCK at Maker Faire Africa: From Prototype to Production

We’ve been excited to show up at Maker Faire Africa (old site) in Johannesburg for quite a few months, so actually being there yesterday was a big deal for us. Especially as we had driven 4,400km to be here and it was our primary goal for the journey. The BRCK table certainly drew our fair…
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Expedition Technology – Part II

Thanks goodness for BRCK.  Unfortunately this will be my last expedition post this trip. I’ve had to leave the guys early to make a dash north to sort out some business. If it weren’t for BRCK I’d still be in Livingstone. When the news came that I had to come back to Nairobi, we knew…
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An afternoon with Zambian entrepreneurs at Bongohive

We spend the afternoon at BongoHive today interacting with the tech community in Zambia. Who was there? We had product based start ups, some service based start ups, education based programs, some designers and developers. It was cool to meet these young entrepreneurs thinking of hardware DEMONSTRATING THE BRCK First Reg Orton and Phil Walton…
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